Ritual Spirit

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Ritual Spirit
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EP by
Released28 January 2016 (2016-01-28)
GenreTrip hop, electronica
ProducerRobert Del Naja, Adrian Thaws, Grant Marshall, Euan Dickinson
Massive Attack chronology
Ritual Spirit

Ritual Spirit is an EP by British trip hop trio Massive Attack, released on 28 January 2016.[1] It features trip hop artist Tricky for the first time since the release of Protection in 1994, and also features Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers, London rapper Roots Manuva and singer Azekel.[2]

It is also one of only two releases by the band (along with the Danny the Dog soundtrack) that features no vocals performed by Horace Andy, and the first Massive Attack album since Protection not to be produced by Neil Davidge.


A week before the release of the EP, the group released an iPhone application called "The Fantom", which remixed songs using heartbeat, location and time of day. The app contained snippets of the songs featured on the EP, and promised full functionality "soon".[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
Drowned in Sound9/10[6]
Pitchfork Media7.0/10[7]
PopMatters8/10 stars[8]
Pretty Much AmazingB+[9]
Renowned for Sound5/5 stars[10]

Ritual Spirit received widespread critical acclaim from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 81, based on 4 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[4]

John Garratt of PopMatters praised the EP, stating, "Pretty much everything that helped the band make a name for itself is on display for these four songs—the simmering tension of title track, the sample-happy soundtrack for urban decay on the opener 'Dead Editors', the hot and steady boil of 'Voodoo in My Blood', and the morose single 'Take It There' featuring the return of Tricky."[8] Katherine St. Asaph of Pitchfork Media gave the EP a favorable review, stating, "Massive Attack were always equally as good producers as they were curators; it's promising that, as much of their old sound as they've retained, they've kept this as well."[7]

Track listing[edit]

1."Dead Editors" (featuring Roots Manuva)Euan Dickinson, Robert Del Naja, Rodney Hylton Smith, Herbie Hancock4:46
2."Ritual Spirit" (featuring Azekel)Euan Dickinson, Del Naja, Azekel Adesuyi3:55
3."Voodoo in My Blood" (featuring Young Fathers)Euan Dickinson, Del Naja, Young Fathers4:01
4."Take It There" (featuring Tricky)Euan Dickinson, Del Naja, Adrian Thaws4:31
Total length:17:13



Massive Attack

Additional musicians

  • Euan Dickinson – sound engineer, programming, keyboard, guitar, arranging, mixing, producer
  • Neil Davidge – keyboard, piano, drums, guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals, programming, mixing
  • Young Fathers
    • Kayus Bankole
    • 'G' Hastings
    • Alloysious Massaquoi
  • Roots Manuva – vocals (1)
  • Azekel – vocals (2)


Chart (2016) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[11] 34
France (SNEP)[12] 30
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 96
Italian Vinyl Records (FIMI)[14] 5
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[15] 4


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Russia (NFPF)[16] Platinum 20,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Massive Attack unveil Ritual Spirit EP featuring Tricky, Roots Manuva". Fact. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ Young, Alex (28 January 2016). "Stream: Massive Attack's new EP Ritual Spirit". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  3. ^ Cox, Jamieson (21 January 2016). "Massive Attack's new music is hidden inside a spooky iPhone app". The Verge. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Ritual Spirit [EP] – Massive Attack". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  5. ^ Kellman, Andy (28 January 2016). "Ritual Spirit - Massive Attack". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  6. ^ Adcock, Lee (4 February 2016). "Ep Review: Massive Attack - Ritual Spirit". Drowned in Sound. Silentway. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  7. ^ a b St. Asaph, Katherine (5 February 2016). "Massive Attack: Ritual Spirit EP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b Garratt, John (24 February 2016). "Massive Attack: Ritual Spirit]". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  9. ^ Tabb, Brian (18 March 2016). "Reviews: Macklemore, Massive Attack, Pinegrove, Hinds]". Pretty Much Amazing. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  10. ^ Benfield, Haydon (4 February 2016). "EP Review: Massive Attack - Ritual Spirit". Renowned For Sound. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Massive Attack & Azekel – Ritual Spirit" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Massive Attack & Azekel – Ritual Spirit" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  13. ^ "Musicline.de – Massive Attack & Azekel Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "Vinili - Classifica settimanale WK 10 (dal 2016-03-04 al 2016-03-10)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  15. ^ "Massive Attack Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Russia certifications 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 24 December 2018.